About Our Firm

Big Firm Resources. Small Firm dedication. Welcome to the Best of Both Worlds.

This firm was founded to protect the rights of people injured at work and to defend the disabled. This is the heart of the firm’s practice. As we have grown to one of the largest firms in New York handling Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability we have not forgot about what has made our firm successful giving each client the personal attention they deserve.

Experience, knowledge and trust solidify our reputation. We appear daily at the Worker’s Compensation Board and have a reputation for fighting aggressively for our clients and obtaining every last cent. As a result, we constantly obtain favorable decisions.

Each year, our attorneys represent thousands of clients before the Workers Compensation Board and Social Security Administration to obtain maximum benefits for our clients. Judges know us and insurance carriers know us. Our firm has the advantage of an established Workers Compensation and Social Security benefits department working side by side. This benefit is immeasurable since many people as a result of on the job accidents are unable to ever return to work. By helping our clients apply for Social Security Disability, we are able to obtain additional income for our clients that will supplement the difference between their Worker’s Compensation check and what they were earning before their accident. In addition, we provide free legal counseling from our of counsel personal injury attorneys who are available to answer all questions regarding possible third party actions. Many times, you can have a personal injury case in addition to a Worker’s Compensation claim out of the same accident. Many times our experts are able to discover potential law suits that other attorneys failed to realize. This is important, as some statute of limitations are as short as 90 days for filing a claim!

Clients and attorneys recommend us with confidence, knowing their friends and family will receive the best legal representation. In fact, our number one referral source are our thousands of satisfied clients. Our professional, and courteous staff is always accessible by phone and email.

We speak Spanish, Russian, Polish, Chinese, Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali and give free consultations and meet with clients in either of our three fully staffed offices conveniently located in Queens, Brooklyn and The Bronx. We also have 3 convenient “by appointment only” satillite offices in Staten Island and Long Island. For clients unable to travel due to their injuries, an attorney will come to meet you at your home or hospital. Be careful many attorneys advertise that they handle Worker’s Compensation cases. However, many will sign your case and then refer it to another attorney to handle. Before signing with any attorney, ask if they will be personally representing you. We personally represent every client that we retain and we will always be there for you every step of the way.

Our Principles


Steve is a paralegal proficient in Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability Law.
Steve’s responsibilities include: speaking with clients, scheduling independent medical evalua-
tions and depositions, tracking stipulations, factual investigation, and drafting correspondence,
pleadings, discovery and other legal documents.


Known to all our clients as “Ted,” Mr. Rzonca graduated Quinnipiac University Law School and has been with the Ugalde & Rzonca, LLP since he was admitted to practice law. He became a partner in 2010.  Mr. Rzonca iis highly regarded by his peers in the local legal community.


Francisco Ugalde received his undergraduate degree, cum laude with distinction, from Boston University and subsequently earned his Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law. Mr. Ugalde is actively involved in the latin community and became a partner in 2010.